PHR in the News
"For tens of thousands of women and girls who are raped in conflict zones, forced pregnancy poses life threatening risks, multiple layers of physical and mental trauma, and also contributes to the destruction of family and community," Susannah Sirkin, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights, said. "We believe that it is a medical imperative for survivors of sexual violence to have access to comprehensive reproductive health services without restrictions."
The Foreign Policy in Focus Focal Points blog says "Bahrain has raised the global bar on the usage of tear gas to unprecedented heights. It has become the Tear Gas Regime."
Dozens of civic organizations in Zimbabwe have petitioned the government to ensure all citizens in the southern African country have access to clean water. The protest comes amid continued outbreaks of waterborne diseases—most recently last month’s outbreak of typhoid in the suburb of Chitungwiza which is about 30 kilometers southeast of Zimbabwe's capital city Harare.
Washington Post editorial cites PHR's "Weaponizing Tear Gas" report in calling for tougher US policy on Bahrain government hard-liners. The Post says the Obama administration's resumption of military sales to a regime that has been a close US ally has not paid off. Bahrain remains locked in a standoff between a largely intransigent government and a slowly radicalizing opposition — and the regime has failed to fulfill its repeated pledges to end repression of peaceful dissent and undertake meaningful reforms.
Two Iranian-born physicians - Kamiar Alaei and his brother, Arash Alaei - received the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award on the opening day of the 19th annual International AIDS Conference, held July 22-27 in Washington.